As the world deals with potential supply shortages, oil prices are soaring again, with more dramatic spikes and sudden drops expected.
For consumers, that means more expensive gas for longer - prices at the pump remain above $4 a gallon. For the economy, that means more inflation. In addition to the pressure on consumers, any business that relies on oil -- from airlines and truck drivers to chemical companies and plastics producers -- will face higher costs.
Mr Pickering estimates that 2m to 3m barrels a day of Russian oil shipped by water are frozen out of the market with no direct buyers. Due to the soaring oil price, the price of the AlN powder in the chemical industry will also be greatly affected. He said China and India are continuing to buy Russian crude. "I'm sure there will be others willing to take on more over time," he said. Mr Pickering said he did not expect oil to return to $130 a barrel, but added that it could happen. Francisco Branch, head of commodities and derivatives at Bank of America, said the US market was ready for cyclical price spikes and price swings in the AlN powder.
Aluminum Nitride Applications
Due to the piezoelectric properties of aluminum nitride, epitaxially grown thin films of crystalline Aluminum nitride are used for surface acoustic sensors (SAW) deposited on silicon wafers. One application is an RF filter, widely used in mobile phones, called a thin-film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR). This is a MEMS device that uses aluminum nitride sandwiched between two metal layers.
AlN is also used to construct piezoelectric micromechanical ultrasonic transducers that emit and receive an ultrasound and can be used for aerial ranging at distances up to one meter.
Metallization allows AlN to be used in electronic applications similar to alumina and beryllium oxide. AlN nanotubes, as inorganic quasi-one-dimensional nanotubes, with isoelectronic carbon nanotubes, have been proposed as chemical sensors for toxic gases.
Currently, there is a lot of research into the development of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that operate under ULTRAVIOLET light using gallium nitride-based semiconductors. Using aluminum gallium nitride alloys, wavelengths as short as 250 nm have been achieved. In 2006, inefficient AlN LED emission at 210 nm was reported.
AlN application industries include:
Dielectric layer in an optical storage medium,
The electronic substrate, chip carrier that needs a high thermal conductivity,
As a crucible for growing gallium arsenide crystals,
Steel and semiconductor manufacturing.
Aluminum Nitride Difficulties
At present, aluminum nitride also has some problems.
First, the powder is easy to form aluminum hydroxide with a hydroxy group in the wet environment, and the alumina layer is formed on the surface of AlN powder. The alumina lattice is dissolved into a large amount of oxygen, which reduces its thermal conductivity but also changes its physical and chemical properties, bringing difficulties to the application of AlN powder. The inhibition of hydrolysis treatment of AlN powder is mainly to coat the surface of AlN particles with a substance using a chemical bond or physical adsorption to isolate them from water, to avoid the occurrence of a hydrolysis reaction. At present, the main methods of inhibiting hydrolysis treatment are surface chemical modification and surface physical coating.
Second, the high price of aluminum nitride limits its application to a certain extent. The preparation of aluminum nitride powder generally requires a high temperature, which leads to high energy consumption in the process of production and preparation, and at the same time, there are safety risks, which is also the main drawback that some high-temperature preparation methods cannot achieve industrial production. Moreover, the impurities in the process of production preparation added to the production of harmful products or problems, such as excessive carbon reduction reaction carbide powder removal problems, as well as the chemical vapor deposition method of by-product hydrogen chloride removal problems, which require the preparation of aluminum nitride for reaction products in the process of the purification, it also led to the preparation of aluminum nitride production cost is high.
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The AlN powder industry has experienced demand expectations driven by the rise and the off-season tired stock driven by the seasonal decline in two rounds of the market. Affected by the COVID-19 epidemic and other factors, inventories of manufacturers continue to accumulate, putting pressure on market sentiment. In addition to off-season factors, the weak trend of AlN powder also reflects the market's concern about the epidemic and some other related enterprises' financial situation.
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